CIVS graduate research assistant Justin Heffron brought true class to the inaugural Camp Leo “college preparatory experience” program for region high school students, held June 26 – 27, 2018 at the Purdue Northwest Hammond campus.
In fact, Heffron created a true one-session introductory class, including a slide presentation sprinkled throughout with embedded videos, manipulable 3D imagery, and spatial visualization activities; taught it on both days to classes of around 30 students each; and led students through live experiences with a cutting-edge, interactive virtual reality forensic program also developed at CIVS. That he did it all with a matter-of-fact ease with the subject matter and technology was both classy and an unconscious demonstration of the value of education … which did not go unnoticed among the students.
While the overall structure of the Camp Leo program was designed to prepare students for a general transition from high school to college life, from the necessity of knowing the ins-and-outs of bureaucracy (application process, financial aid opportunities and search tips, academic pre-requisites) to the perquisites of campus life (fitness center and Intramural Department, café and library and on-campus housing), Heffron’s role in the Camp Leo experience, and his class “Intro to 3D Modeling and Visualization,” exemplified actual academic expectations, and received recognition from students and administrators alike.
“Students seemed really excited about [his] class and what it had to offer,” noted Scott Iverson, Executive Director of Housing and Residential Education.
After applauding Heffron’s 8:00 am lecture presentation, one student summed up: “Even cooler than the food and dorms.” High praise, indeed.